3D Studio Max Tutorials - Intro to Materials -- Still Life, part 1 - Copy the following file to your local disk. Right-click and choose "Save Target As..." or "Save Link As..."
3D Studio Max Tutorials - Guide to material mapping in 3D Studio Max - This tutorial covers all the main options in the material editor and UV mapping a simple object. Great for beginners.
3D Studio Max Tutorials - Landscape - Here you will be taught how to make a realistic landscape in 3dsm.
3D Studio Max Tutorials - Custom Materials Part 2 - In the previous section I explained the diffuse map and how to set a bitmap for it. The next step in creating convincing materials is to add...
Studio Max Tutorials - Custom Materials Part 3 -
So far I've talked about the importance of diffuse maps
and bump maps in designing materials. Diffuse maps provide
color to the material, bump maps...
3D Studio Max Tutorials - Material Editior - 3D objects may be cool, but they are nothing without a good material to wrap them with. This tutorial will introduce you to the material editor which provides just about every feature you would ever want customize for a material.
3D Studio Max Tutorials - Realistic Texturing - In this tutorial we'll be looking at techniques for using textures and materials to create realistic objects.
3D Studio Max Tutorials - Custom Materials - One of the most rewarding aspects of 3D Studio MAX is the ability to make your own materials.
3D Studio Max Tutorials - Realistic Texturing - An advanced tutorial which allows you to learn how to make realistic textures and apply them to objects.
3D Studio Max Tutorials - Custom Materials Part 4 - In the last segment I talked about controlling the way light is reflected off of a surface in a MAX scene. Of course light can also be absorbed...
3D Studio Max Tutorials - Texturing - Learn how to texture an object properly.
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part II
Today we continue looking at business cards that stand out, and here’s hoping you get some inspiration and ideas! After all, you only get one first impression, so your business card should be something that showcases the best of your design abilities. On Wednesday we looked at the use of interesting shapes, 3D business cards, [...]
Business Cards: Ideas and Inspiration, Part I
As a graphic designer, your business card should do more than let people know how to contact you. If you’re interested in truly making a good first impression, the business card has got to stand out. Whether through color, design, die cutting, unique materials, 3D shapes, or actual samples of your work, a stand-out business [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part II
Today, we’re looking at the collaboration side of negotiation and collaboration in graphic design. Because your work is ultimately for the client, at times you as the designer must be willing to compromise to reach a mutually agreeable goal. Here are some tips to help you collaborate with clients. Ways to Collaborate Listen. On page 28 [...]
Collaborating and Negotiating: Part I
It’s there in the design brief: the problem your client wants you to solve. But whether your objective is to create an advertisement, exhibition or public announcement, sometimes you and the client aren’t quite on the same page about what exactly the best design solution is. OC Photographer asked a great question about the collaborating [...]
When Things Go Bad: 5 Tips for Firing Clients
Most graphic designers will be in a similar situation at some point: the client will not pay, the client is never satisfied with your work yet won’t collaborate to fix it, or you simply realize that you and the client are not meshing. Regardless of when and why you need to fire a client, everyone [...]
Tips for Working with Clients: Approaching the Relationship
Whether you’re looking for design classes, design degree programs, internships or first jobs, it’s important to choose an option that will help you learn clear communication, especially when it comes to designer/client relationships. Knowing how to work with clients should always be part of a successful graphic design education. The following tips can help you [...]
Working for Good: Pro Bono Design, Part II
If you’re interested in doing pro bono graphic design work, it’s important to educate yourself about smart ways to do it. Once you’ve got some guidelines, you can approach your pro bono work with creativity; unless your client specifically requests it, you don’t need to limit yourself to a brochure. Consider these ideas for pro [...]
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